What Is Opiate Dependency?

2012
04.12

 What Is Opiate Dependency?

With the increasing number of medicines and drugs with a dose of opiate in their chemical composition, there is that big chance to develop tolerance to opiates that could lead to dependency and even worse – addiction. Just like any form of substance abuse, it starts out as a simple consumption of some types of medication especially pain relievers and depressants to provide certain relief to medical conditions, whether mild or severe, to alleviate the feeling of pain or anxiety.

In many cases, opiate dependency refers to a disorder of the nervous system. In normal circumstances, the body releases their own type of painkillers called endorphins that block out pain or severe anxiety but there are instances when these substances reach the threshold of the system and will not be sufficient enough for the body to function normally; this would signal the brain to have something to supplement the production of the body’s endorphins to be able to feel alright again.

In cases such as people suffering from cancer and other severe diseases where the pain is at its all time high, the body needs a vast supply of supplemental painkillers to be able to tolerate the pain until such time that the brain would stop the production of the body’s natural endorphins and would rely solely on the intake of scientifically engineered opiates to satisfy its needs. This instance can be considered as being a form of opiate dependency because there is no other choice but to constantly take your pills for you to be able to bear the pain brought about by your disease.

There are also some instances like usual headaches and probably stress would cause a person to rely on taking their prescribed narcotics even after the disease has been cured or the conditions have already been treated. The continued use of narcotics and drugs containing high dosages of opiates without a very good reason would be the beginning of opiate dependency for many people.

How many times have you seen an acquaintance or a family member impulsively gulping down several tablets or capsules of pain killers every time they feel something wrong even without really having the medical reason to do so. Since these types of drugs can easily be purchased over the counter even without the prescription of a doctor, the risk of developing a certain level of dependency to these types of drugs are imminent unless the person involved has the discipline and the determination to stop.

Because it can be categorized technically as also a form of addiction, the usual symptoms are present. The person begins to show disorientation and paranoia at the onset of possible stimulants that would trigger his reaction to crave for the drug to experience a feeling of relief or euphoria. A person who is into opiates is also easily agitated and angered and may sometimes go out of their way to acquire the drug even to the point of lying to their physicians about having not recovered from their sickness or they may even inflict pain on themselves just to get their hands on the drug.

Opiate dependency although a disease is sometimes ignored by many people thinking that since they are on a prescription and that the drugs that they are taking are within the regulation of their physician, but losing control and being taken over by the pain that they are feeling and the constant dependence on the drugs to acquire a satisfactory feeling of relief can prove to be detrimental to your health in the long run. So for those who have been continuously taking painkillers with the slightest attacks, you might just to keep this all in mind, and if you feel you’ve slid into opiate dependency, you should seek assistance.